Meta and the Cornerstones Duplicate
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Meta and the Cornerstones Duplicate

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Band World Reggae


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"One band, two boroughs, two amazing shows, two much to drink"

One band, two boroughs, two amazing shows, two much to drink...

If I felt I had the knowledge, experience, or authority to say it, I’d tell you that Meta and the Cornerstones are going to be big. But I’m a reggae novice and more than a newcomer to NYC, where it’s evident you could discover amazing new music any night of the week. But secretly I feel this way because I want to see them at ‘roo, and sometime back in Milwaukee.

Zebulon is an intimate venue in Brooklyn. Meta Dia went through the sound check in what seemed like a Jim Morrison impression, first singing from the bathroom hallway, then coming out and facing the band through the remainder of the song. He’d repeat this to some degree at Lava Gina, but it’s beyond me as to whether it’s a case of strange habit or shyness. The latter seems unlikely though. Once the set began at Zebulon, Meta’s presence quickly demanded attention. He must be at least six-foot-five, with a booming, Senegalese-accented voice which invigorates, soothes, and brings a smile to your face.

The crowd seemed hesitant at first to fill the dance floor, perhaps because of the fishbowl effect created by the tables which surround it. This however was no deterrent to my new housemate in Jersey, Sara, who brought me to the show. Unable to stand still, she shot out to the front of the floor and caught the beat. But that’s not me… new city, new venue, new band, and lacking my concert buddies, I relaxed and waited for the music to grab me… and for a healthy buzz. It didn’t take long though for the floor to fill or for me to get too antsy to sit. The band’s tight, mid-tempo reggae rhythms, rock flair, and amazingly positive energy made it effortless for this rhythmically challenged rock and roller to bounce and sway to the beat. At times I closed my eyes, taking in the sound, but often my eyes turned to the guitarist Shahar Mintz, either plugging away at one of the band’s sweet reggae riffs or nimbly soloing. Like Meta, he has quite the presence and is hard to miss, with the longest blonde dreads I’ve ever seen. Though the band’s tracks are very impressive, I’d love the opportunity to see Shahar and the rest of the band get into some longer jams.The crowd was amazing, the show was long, and I was … out of my mind. I’m always impressed with my great buddy (and you-phoria’s own) Cal, with his ability to capture the intricate details of a show from the songs played to the color of the drummer’s shoelaces. Even without a few or 10 drinks in me, I’m too caught up in the moment to commit details to memory... which is why my first review here on you-phoria took the fragments of memory from two shows to write. A week and a half later, we returned to the city to see Meta and the Cornerstones again, this time at Lava Gina in Manhattan.The venue this time was a hip, self-described “sexy� atmosphere decked in red lighting and fascination with the letter V. Abstract paintings decorate the room, with what seemed like 3D Picasso’s and Rorschach Tests on acid. Built-in couches, complete with pillows, lined the walls, providing a plush spot to relax and mellow out before the show.Being a Wednesday night, the band played a much shorter set, but was no less for it. Highlights included “Struggle and Strife� and “Somewhere in Africa.� But for me the powerful anthem “Who You Want to Be� stole the night. You can check out the track on the band’s ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** page, but the song took on a new life at both shows. Meta performed the song with the complement of a female vocal, tightly harmonizing and broadcasting the song’s message of self-realization with a strength and power that brought me my biggest smile of the night.I regret that I can’t describe or identify more tracks for you – the band’s first album is coming yet in the next month.Peace, love, and harmony…Nick - Nick


1. Struggle and Strife (Senegal)
2. Hasta La Vista
3. Corner Stone
4. Hello Again
5. Somewhere In Africa
6. Question
7. Who You Wanna Be
8. Time To Fight
9. Right Skank
10. So Much Things In My Head
11. Knocking On Your Door
12. Still Around
13. Empty Inside

Somwhere in Africa



When you first meet Meta, of 'Meta and the Cornerstones', he emits pure musical talent and a humble spirit in his 6'3"ft slim frame. Then, when you meet the band members of the Cornerstones you realize that you are in the presence of a group that is about to change the dynamic of Reggae music forever.

Born in Senegal, West Africa, Meta Dia grew a deep love and true appreciation for all types of music. As a child, while listening to his mother play Gregory Isaacs and Bob Marley on the radio his appreciation for Reggae music was founded and the desire to be a musician. In Dakar, Senegal, Meta is known as a pioneer for the voice and culture of Hip Hop. He began performing on the streets and stages of Dakar at the age of 14. In the year 2000, Meta formed his first group, YALLA SUUREN (God Bless) and gained celebrity recognition by the media. YALLA SUUREN was nominated as the BEST HIP HOP/REGGAE group by the French Cultural Center in 2000.

Moving to the USA in 2002, he began to collaborate with artists such as Sean Blackman, hip hop pioneer Toni Blackman and many others. He formed the band Meta and the Cornerstones with some of the best musicians in New York City: Adrian Djoman(bass); Shahar Mintz (solo guitar); Andre Daniel (Keyboards) and Ian Joseph (Drums), Daniel Serrato (Guitar) who brought their musical influences of the Caribbean, Africa, America and Middle East into the mix.

Meta's powerful writing skills, his phenomenal singing voice takes you back to the roots of Reggae music as he infuses his songs with hip hop, rock, soul and African influences performing in English, French, Wolof and Fulani. Meta and the Cornerstones have gained great respect and recognition in the USA and internationally. In 2006 he made a roaring statement when he performed alongside Steel Pulse & Luciano at the 2006 Annual Reggae Salute. In 2007 he was personally invited by International Superstar and Senegalese born artist Youssou N'Dour, to perform at his Annual 'African Ball' concert at the Nokia Theater, NYC.

The afro-fusion reggae of The Cornerstones and Meta's soulful, soaring voice creates a soul-pounding spiritual experience for the audience. Meta is creating something bigger than music, transcending oceans, borders, and languages. The power of what he is contributing is unifying and humbling. Meta and The Cornerstones have something big to offer whoever is listening.